Take a virtual road trip with us up the California Coast to Casa Romantica in the seaside town of San Clemente! Overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, Casa Romantica is a classic Spanish Colonial Revival-style Cultural Center and Garden. Built in 1927, it was once the home of Ole Hanson, the Founder of the city of […]
FALL BACK 2020 Is going Virtual! On November 1 at 11 AM join us on Facebook Live as we kick off our annual family-friendly Fall Back Festival virtually! For twenty years the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has hosted Fall Back Festival, a family-friendly street faire that celebrates the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter. […]
Many wonder just exactly what a Labor Temple is. It is defined as an organization created for the purpose of improving conditions for those who work, including agricultural, educational, instructive and also, unions. The building is their “temple,” or meeting place. Throughout its long tenure, the Gaslamp’s Labor Temple Building has housed many of these, including unions for bartenders, cigar makers, theatrical employees , hod carriers and the Women Union Labor Leagues.
What do all of these buildings have in common? They are all still hotels, but now they provide low-cost homes for San Diegans on fixed incomes. They may be forgotten, and not the original tourist attractions they once were, but they are still providing people a much needed commodity in our town – affordable housing.
WIlliam Heath Davis Jr. was born in 1822 in Honolulu on the island of Oahu then part of the Kingdom of Hawaii (1795-until the coup d’etat in 1893). His grandfather was Oliver Holmes born in 1777 in Massachusetts, and his grandmother was Mahi Kalanihoʻoulumokuikekai, the daughter of a high chief of Oahu who was killed […]
Maria Estudillo, as the wife of William Heath Davis, was the link between Old Town San Diego and New Town built on the bay. Dona Maria de Jesus Telesfora de los Santos Reyes Estudillo was born in Santa Barbara, California on January 5,1829. Her parents were Juana Martinez and Don Jose Joaquin Estudillo. In 1834, her father was elected the first alcalde (mayor) of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) where the family had moved, […]